Tag Archives: heating

Buckingham Palace aides under fire after 25 windows are left open on one of the coldest days of the year  | Daily Mail Online

26 Jan

Buckingham Palace aides under fire after 25 windows are left open on one of the coldest days of the year  | Daily Mail Online.

this picture was taken to show the flag at half mast on the death of the saudi king recently, and people noticed the slightly opened windows and start grumbling about it.

i think it rather disingenuous to say it was -3C, it wasn’t at that time. it was never -3C in london that day , even in the early hours of the morning. it is somewhere in scotland more like.

in fact, i have some of my windows in my flat opened a crack like that shown that morning. it was that nice a day with blue sky and sunshine and i did not feel it being cold at all in the flat, because i always wear warm clothes.

i dont have heating on, so dont feel any qualms about opening the windows as there is no heat to get lost out of the windows.

 

and i doubt the palace had any heating on in those rooms if they are being decorated as they have said.

but they still have to heat the place even though  it is not cheap and it will still be cold.  it shows that it is not all that great owning a palace, and have all those huge high ceilinged rooms take forever to warm up. you can freeze in a palace. haha.

i just have a thought. those old palaces dont really have v good ventilation… and it just might be that they open the windows to freshen the air inside. nowadays modern buildings have ventilation shafts that worm their way all over the place and they are used to force air to circulate and expel stale air and bring in fresh air using hell of a lot of electricity during the process, but old buildings are less wasteful of power and rely on just opening the windows. 

Supermarkets are driven by profits, not the urge to keep us healthy | Comment is free | The Observer

3 Nov

Supermarkets are driven by profits, not the urge to keep us healthy | Comment is free | The Observer.

a very funny article poking fun at the govt for trying to dictate what the supermarkets can or cannot put next to the checkout counter.

mitchell was taught by his parents that people who impulse buy sweets at the checkout, are foolish, and if only all parents taught their children this there would not be this kids screaming at the counter because the parents said no.  it is common sense really.

i always wonder why parents always have to answer all the questions asked by kids. if the child asks for sweets, say nothing. such questions are not worthy of a reply. and faced with no response the kid will just forget about it. but say no, and it is like waving a red flag in front of that bull of a kid.

 

i also read this article in the same paper, about a woman journalist who is worried about being cold. she is so used to getting warm from a central heated house, she has forgotten that u can be warm with clothing alone. no need to warm up all the air inside a house to keep warm. and the govt is no better and feeding on this fear by saying the house must be kept at 20C.

As a consequence of her thinking that the only way to keep warm is to central heat the house she become anxious and fearful… a state of affairs that seem to afflict even normal people nowadays. people seem to be anxious about the smallest things these days.

do without heating in the home

27 Feb

london

I practise this, and have not had the heating on for 4winters now. i am so used to it, that i dont notice the cold anymore when i am in the flat. i dont even bother to buy a thermometer to find out what the temperature is in my flat. 

but a year ago, friends have given me a nhs thermometer, a very simple one on a leaflet that shows the temperature using some mechanism that is not mercury. 

a digital thermometer. 

and i found out that even in the coldest night, the lowest it has gone is 12C. though since the thermometer is graded only to register 9C, and nothing below, i guess i wont know if it does go below 9C. haha.

We have been so brainwashed to believe that we will die if we dont have the house heated up.

As u can see in the leaflet , it warns that 12C is ‘too cold, increased risk of heart attack and strokes in vulnerable people’. It conveniently do not mention who are at risk. i think very few. but that warning will frighten everyone who are not strong minded enough to test it for themselves. The danger of these blanket warnings, is that it caters to the lowest denomination and for simplicity’s sake do not list who they are. 

now i know that you wont die from low temperatures if u are kept warm with appropriate clothing. as long as there is no wind u can survive even if the temperature is at 0C. the cold wind chill is a big factor in how cold u feel. 

 

anyway below is the link to someone who also practises the same thing as me and who asked this question in the guardian . 

This year I’ve gone without heating apart from the rare use of a wood-burning stove. I’ve managed well, but friends and family take a dim view of my low indoor temperatures. Meanwhile I find their homes intolerably overheated. Can you back up my assertion that my way is the ethical way?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/24/ethical-to-use-less-heating

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being thrifty, frugal, or cheapskate

8 Jan

London

8.1.13 tuesday
I have noticed in wordpress there are very few, if fact, no frugal men who are blogging about it. Those that blog are those who give advise about managing your money. Investing, spending on assets , etc. rather than just a daily talking of their frugal ways.

I seem to be the only one talking of it. and what is more, a gay male talking of being thrifty. it is not something u think of when u hear the word gay. 

I think a lot of men, and women too don’t like to give the impression that , what to us would be just frugal or thrifty habits , they will think are cheapskates. It is a fact that if u talk too much about your frugal ways to friends they will think u are a cheapskate. Even the best of friends will think that of you.

And sometimes, it may be u too will think that of yourself.

Going dumpster diving, taking things people leave in the street, rummaging in rubbish black bags, haha. going to recycling bins and taking stuff that people have got rid off. And what is more,  all these stuff are second hand stuff and have been used by others, whose sanitary habits you don’t know about and may be awful. If u put it like that it really is very offputting, doesn’t it?

So I guess we all put a limit to how far we will go in our frugal ways.

We try to whitewash that frugal ways by saying we are saving the planet, and we don’t like waste. Or even we are saving money because we are in debt and want to clear our debts.

What if I say I am not in debt, I can buy those things, but chose not to. Does it mean I am a cheapskate? Hmm, and what is wrong with that? Yet so many of us would be motified if someone were to call us that. I think the fear of being thought of as one stops many people from doing these things. Or not let others know they are doing it. It is something no one likes to boast about.

Though with so many blogs in wordpress talking of it, maybe people don’t mind talking about it in the anonymity of a blog. And it is mainly women.

Perhaps amongst men it is still taboo.

I don’t blame people for keeping quiet about their thrifty ways, or even their cheapskate ways. Haha.

Friends may pity you if ever they hear u say that u go to supermarket when they reduced the price at the end of the day . They must think poor you, to be reduced to such a way of life and counting the pennies. And I am sure many of us find that irritating, as nothing irks more than another taking a superior attitude. Unless, like me, you don’t care what others think. So it is not something people tell everyone, only to close friends who they know are as thrifty as themselves.

And we all know of friends whose thrifty ways even we balk at. Like my friend who wont flush his loo, as he wants to save water.

I would at least throw some water in from the tap but my friend wont even do that. Haha. I respect his wishes and so when I visit him I too take his cue. Even though I think it is going a bit too far. Actually, he lives in a cottage and he could have a water butt to collect rain water and use the rain water, but he does not do so.

I am sure my friends must think I am going too far by refusing to switch the heating on at all. I am warm enough as I live in a flat in London and somehow it is seldom very cold here. My indoor temp is 12C even at the coldest temp outside. So it is not as bad as it sounds. Heating contributes the biggest cost to the utilities bill so if u can do without it u are laughing.

To me it seems silly to heat up the whole flat just to keep warm, when wearing layers of fleece, eating hot foods or drink, can do the same thing.

I think it makes you more resistant to disease. I don’t have colds so much anymore since I stopped using the heaters. Perhaps it is a coincidence.

Also, I find I don’t have qualms about opening the windows , as I don’t have the heating on and so none of it goes out of the windows. I think if I heat my flat I would be very reluctant to open windows and let the expensive heating get lost. This way I keep my flat aired and ventilated and prevent build up of moisture from the condensation, which if u will notice is worse in a heated flat.

I think also I rid my flat of all the creepy crawlies that breed during the summer. They can all die in my cold flat during the winter. Haha. Or they can go next door. Haha.

All in all, there are lots of real good advantage not to have heating. But u cannot stop others from thinking u are a cheapskate so i guess u have to develop a thick skin and not care what they think.

just laugh at them, when they get into debt and worry about their money problems. haha. 

poisoned chalice

6 Dec

London

It is 11.30 pm 5.12.12 now and the temp outside is supposed to be about 1.2C according to the weather website.

Inside, the card thermomether that I got from the nhs is between 15C and 12C. Or at least that is what I assume, as I can see both these numbers appearing.

But I don’t feel cold at all. That is normal , but what I meant is that I don’t feel the furniture is cold. Usually that is the only way I can tell it is really cold. Haha.

My heating is not on and since I have not need to do that for 4winters already, (even that one where they say it is the coldest for 100 yrs ; cannot remember which winter that was as they have said it more than once before.haha) I am confident this year will be the same.

Oh I just realised I have a hot water bottle at my feet . So maybe that is why I don’t feel the cold.

I read in the papers today that the average household is spending about £65 a week on the house with utilities bills, mainly heating accounting for £22 a week of it. and about £54 a week on food.
Their utilities bill is huge.

My electric bill is £20 a month and that is for everything electric in the flat. granted it is not used for heating.

But people esp those with children always think their children will die if the house is not heated up. Then the children run around lightly clad and catch cold easily the moment they get out and the sudden change in temperature.

And even my nhs card thermometer, (they give it out free) tells me next to the 12C mark …’too cold, increased risk of heart attack and strokes in vulnerable people‘.

With advise like that no wonder people over heat their houses.

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9721747/Household-spending-rises-as-costs-of-basics-soar.html

Added today 6.12.12
Temperature according to the website is -1C outside. It is 12C inside my flat.

Didn’t feel that cold and I opened my windows a notch to get some ventilation. It still didn’t feel that cold even then.

Read this about some ec countries not entering the Eurovision song contest for 2013. Greece, Poland, Portugal and cyprus. They not only don’t want to pay £100,000 to enter, but are afraid of the £60million bill if they win and have to host it.

Here is where winning is losing. It is silly to enter a competition wanting to lose, just because it costs more to win it.

A bit like the Olympics hosting. Brazil got the poisoned chalice next Olympics. Suckers. Haha.

I wonder when it will dawn on these suckers that they have been conned into paying for something that does them no good.

The uk is now counting the costs of our Olympics. Haha. The extra cost for security is the one that killed all the carefully thought out calculations. We are all glad it is over and for heavens sake if anyone ask us to bid again, knock that person on the head quick.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/shortcuts/2012/dec/05/end-eurovision-song-contest

Some people don’t know what they are asking. Beware of what u want, u will get it. (And then wish to god u have not got it).

Football is a strange thing.
Chelsea were the champions last year, but today I read that even after winning 6-1 , they are not going to play in the knock out matches.

So just because u won last year does not qualify u to defend your title next year.